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March 11th, 2017

Greening the District

A midterm reflection on Mayor Bowser’s environmental record

January marked the halfway point of Muriel Bowser’s current term as mayor of the District of Columbia, an opportune time to reflect on her environmental record. While environmental issues were not a central concern of her 2014 campaign, to the surprise of many environmental leaders – especially those focused on the Anacostia Watershed – the mayor has demonstrated a progressive environmental agenda.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter @DC_Recycler.

Greening the District

A midterm reflection on Mayor Bowser’s environmental record

January marked the halfway point of Muriel Bowser’s current term as mayor of the District of Columbia, an opportune time to reflect on her environmental record. While environmental issues were not a central concern of her 2014 campaign, to the surprise of many environmental leaders – especially those focused on the Anacostia Watershed – the mayor has demonstrated a progressive environmental agenda.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter @DC_Recycler.

March 10th

Shooting in Southwest, Police on Lookout

Crime Blotter — March 9

Police are searching for suspects in a shooting that occurred on the 1200 block of First Street SW around 11:45 a.m. on March 9. After reports of gunshots in the area, police found several shell casing on the block and several cars damaged by gunfire. A man later went to a hospital with gunshot wounds from the incident. Police are looking for a light gold or silver four-door sedan Chevrolet Malibu or Cruze, and four black male suspects wearing dark clothing.

In Other News

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on March 9, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listservand 5D Listerv.

Always Fighting, Never Losing

Aquarius Vann-Ghasri’s Tenacity Drives Her Vision for Potomac Gardens Families

Peering out of the fifth-floor window of Potomac Gardens Family, Building 700, Aquarius Vann-Ghasri takes in the neighborhood she has called her home for more than 20 years. She sits at a cafe-style table positioned under a window without shades. Shades attract bugs and rodents, she said. The glass remains closed despite the palpably warm temperature in her apartment. She used to open the windows to keep fresh, dust-free air circulating, but her doctor told her that now that she has turned 60, the cold air could hurt her health. 

Whole Foods Opens on H Street NE

It's been many months in the making, as onlookers could only gawk at first – through open windows into a vast empty space. At last, the latest DC Whole Foods Market opens with a flourish of community engagement and the heady aroma of scratch-baked bread, in a traditional bread-breaking ceremony on March 15. 

David Hoffman is a freelance writer who lives and works a block from the new Whole Foods Market store. He is vice president for programs at the Woman's National Democratic Club, founded by suffragettes and now including many men as members, housed in the historic Whittemore House on Dupont Circle.

March 9th

Council Considers RPP Permits for Businesses

ANC 6C Strongly Opposed the Legislation

A proposal that would allow small business owners in DC to get residential parking permits (RPP) for their employees violates standing residents’ parking rights, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C stated at its March 8 meeting.

Botanical Illustrator Alice Tangerini

Photograph By
Cheryl Corson

The West Wing of the Smithsonian’s Department of Botany in the National Museum of Natural History houses 4.8 million dried pressed plants, the oldest of which was collected in the 1500s. Capitol Hill resident Alice Tangerini has drawn well over 1,000 of them in her role as the museum’s botanical illustrator.

Cheryl Corson is a licensed landscape architect and writer practicing on Capitol Hill and beyond. See: www.cherylcorson.com.

Dwell – One Man’s Net-Zero Passion Project

On a chilly January morning I pulled up to an old stable located in an alley off of Florida Avenue in DC’s Trinidad neighborhood. An exuberant man popped out of a door. “You found it! Welcome to my Dwell!”

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter @DC_Recycler.